Emmett Till Murder Investigation Reopened Due to 'New Information'

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"That part's not true", Donham was revealed as admitting.

During the summer of 1955 Emmett Till was visiting his family in MS when the Chicago teen encountered a white woman at a store who claimed he whistled at her and touched her inappropriately.

One year after the production of Timothy B. Tyson's, The Blood of Emmett Till, the federal investigation of the infamous murder of the 14-year-old black boy on account of two white men has been reopened.

"It's possible that the investigation will turn up something".

In the January 1956 Look magazine article, titled, "The shocking story of approved killing in Mississippi", Bryant and Milam said they went looking for the "Chicago boy" with the initial intent of scaring him and putting him in his place. In an interview, Jones said the Till killing or any other case likely wouldn't be covered by this legislation if authorities were actively investigating. A year ago in his book "The Blood Of Emmett Till", researcher Timothy Tyson disclosed that the white woman who accused Till had told him that her story was not true.

A federal report sent annually to lawmakers under a law that bears Till's name said the Justice Department is reinvestigating Till's slaying in MS after receiving "new information". "Only the powers that be know if there's anything", Parker told ABC7 Eyewitness News Thursday.

The case was closed in 2007, with authorities saying the suspects were dead. It doesn't elaborate. The department declined to comment on the matter. Citing "new information", the US Justice Department has reopened the investigation into Till's death. Both are now dead. A man who came to the door at her residence declined to comment about the investigation. The boy's body was later found, tethered to a cotton gin fan, in the Tallahatchie River.

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Bryant told Tyson that she "felt tender sorrow" for Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who fought for civil rights and died in 2003. "Just what did he say when he grabbed your hand?" defense attorney Sidney Carlton asked, according to a trial transcript released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation a decade ago.

Though a judge ruled Carolyn's testimony inadmissible in court, her husband and Milam were quickly acquitted. The two men have since died.

According to History, author Tim Tyson - who wrote 2017's "The Blood of Emmett Till" - wrote that Carolyn Bryant later recanted her testimony, and said that young Emmett had never touched, harassed, or threatened her at all.

"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him", Donham says in the book. He says he assumes his book helped prompt the renewed investigation of the black teen's brutal slaying. But it follows the publication of a book which included passages where Donham, then known as Carolyn Bryant and a potential witness at the time, acknowledged lying.

In this September 23, 1955, file photo, J.W. Milam, left, his wife, second left, Roy Bryant, far right, and his wife, Carolyn Bryant, sit together in a courtroom in Sumner, Miss.

Emmett's savage murder in 1955 jolted a nation, spurring it to action on civil rights. The men later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview but weren't retried.

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